Sunday, January 20, 2013

My own Jokers designed

hangmouse, playing card, edmouse, penguin joker
I have for around the last 40 years, been paying attention to and enjoying the playing card jokers. Oft times I have thought what fun it would be to create my own jokers.  Recently, I had the opportunity to think about what sort of give-aways a company could give to its staff. I proposed that we print up our playing cards with our names on it. Nobody objected!

I even volunteered to help  design the jokers. To be honest, nobody else seemed to volunteer or even think about this rare opportunity to design our own custom joker.

Since I do not have the art skills myself for design (as anyone looking at this blog will suspect), I worked with Juliana Jones (nee Juliana Whipple), who created these beautiful jokers. I brought in some of my collection and showed them to her. We discussed a few approaches and which of our characters should get the honor. Juliana did the design work. Thanks Juliana Jones.

And having helped design my own jokers, I can now check off one of the items on my bucket list.   Of course, I'm now thinking that maybe next year, we can take on designing an entirely original deck including all the faces. Would a transformational deck be too much to consider?

I've been asked a few times to write a little more about the design of these jokers.

While I have ~1800 different jokers, I like these two among the best.
Disclosure. I designed them.

I feel that they are true to the joker and other traditions. 

On the joker with the mouse (His name is Ed Mouse) and penguin (no name), each character is holding a bauble, a jester stick with a miniature of his own head on it. They are wearing jester hats and each is conjuring pips from the four suits.

On the jokers with the cat and mouse, the traditional relationship of  rivalry and friendship is portrayed by the fact that each has a bauble with the others head. Since these are character used in educational games (see HangMouse and Sound It Out on VocabularySpellingCity), they are conjuring educational materials.

I hope you enjoy them a fraction as much I do.


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